Queen’s Gaels look to veteran Major Junior presence

With another Ontario University Athletics hockey season back for another  year, the Golden Gaels of Queen’s University will look towards the veteran presence of former major junior players to lead the team to victory.

Former Peterborough Pete and 2014 OHL Champion Guelph Storm defenceman, Steven Trojanovic, spent last season with the Huskies of St. Mary’s University out in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 22 year old for Burlington, Ontario put up impressive numbers in the Ontario Hockey League and should have been drafted into the NHL. (Overlooked with a +/- of +42?!) That being said, the NHL’s loss is now Queen’s University’s’ gain. A tower of 6’2 on the blue line combined with his ability to produce in needed games is a fantastic addition to the Gaels.

Two men from the east coast chose Queen’s as the educational destination that provided the most for the student-athlete. Former Mississauga Steelheads goaltender and a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jacob Brennan looks to make the most of both his academic and hockey career. Enrolled in engineering, Brennan was the starting goaltender for four years with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  Just down the highway with the Moncton Wildcats, forward Shawn Bourdeau will trade his hometown of Kentville, Nova Scotia for Kingston, Ontario.

Absolutely no stranger to the city of Kingston is Slater Doggett. The 6’0 forward called Kingston home for two years in his OHL career as he suited up for the Frontenacs. His last OHL season saw him go almost a point a game with the Windsor Spitfires. After a minor attempt at pro hockey with the Alaska Aces in the East Coast Hockey League, Doggett saw himself falling back in love with Kingston for both his academic and university athletic career and will be a welcome home of sorts when he returns to the ice. As an added bonus, Doggett has been invited to the Chicago Blackhawks’ rookie camp.

Queen’s will start off the 2015-2016 season down the road on October 9th as they take on the Royal Military College Palladins.

The big home opening weekend comes on October 16th as the Gaels welcome the York University Lions to the Memorial Centre and October 17th as they welcome the Brock University Badgers.

Undrafted University of British Columbia student, Cole Wilson, gets big league try out with Washington Capitals

Photo: Rich Lam
Photo: Rich Lam

These are the kind of stories that I just love writing.

Cole Wilson, a third year University student and hockey player at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia, has accepted an invite to the Washington Capitals Summer Development Camp that will take place July 6-12.

Not bad for a kid who didn’t take the major junior route.

Wilson has lead the Thunderbirds in scoring this season with 35 points in 28 games. His 6’2 towering frame has not doubt added to the pedigree of his playing. After being named to this year’s Canada West Second All-Star Team, his stock rose even more and definitely caught the eye of the Capitals brass. With the Capitals just hiring famed Barry Trotz as their head coach, Wilson will be put to the test and put through the ups and downs of an NHL camp which will be a bit different from the work he’s doing towards his political science degree.

Hailing from nearby White Rock, British Columbia,
Wilson spent his hockey career between tUBC LOGOhree different junior A leagues, and three different provinces. While suiting up for the Westside Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League, Wilson notched an impressive 44 points in 60 games. He also excelled on the Warriors limited playoff run.

This is a vital opportunity not only for Wilson but for Canadian Universities in general. It’s showing other players and students that the men in the big leagues are in fact paying attention to your play. Every player scouted and looked at could be an impressive addition to any hockey team even if they didn’t come out of major junior.

Junior A hockey players across the country, keep your head’s up and your play strong. You never know who will be in the stands watching.